April 30, 2006
— Ace We've all had great fun with Dave in Texas' (I think) dog-eared copy of Stuff Jefferson Said, a book which does not exist compiling quotes of Thomas Jefferson which he did not say or write.
Alas, what is silly fun among bloggers and commenters passes for serious, scholarly statesmanship among liberals, determined to retroactively infect Jefferson with Bush Derangement Syndrome.
Liberals keep saying that Jefferson said "Dissent is the highest form of patriotism." Over and over again.
It's a great quote, a terrific applause line, delicious red meat for the slavering moonbat hordes.
But, as Mark Steyn notes, Jeffferson simply never said or wrote it.
John Kerry announced this week's John Kerry Iraq Policy of the Week the other day: "Iraqi politicians should be told that they have until May 15 to deal with these intransigent issues and at last put together an effective unity government or we will immediately withdraw our military."
With a sulky pout perhaps? With hands on hips and a full flip of the hair?
Did he get that from Churchill? "We shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender, at least until May 15, when I have a windsurfing engagement off Nantucket."
Actually, no. He got it from Thomas Jefferson. "This is not the first time in American history when patriotism has been distorted to deflect criticism and mislead the nation," warned Sen. Kerry, placing his courage in the broader historical context. "No wonder Thomas Jefferson himself said: 'Dissent is the greatest form of patriotism.' "
Close enough. According to the Jefferson Library: "There are a number of quotes that we do not find in Thomas Jefferson's correspondence or other writings; in such cases, Jefferson should not be cited as the source. Among the most common of these spurious Jefferson quotes are: 'Dissent is the highest form of patriotism.' "
It was the Aussie pundit Tim Blair who noted the Thomas Jeffefakery. American commentators were apparently too busy cooing that "Kerry may be reflecting a new boldness on the part of liberals to come out and say what they believe and to reclaim the moral high ground on patriotism" (CBS News) to complain that KERRY LIED!! SCHOLARLY ATTRIBUTION DIED!!! Instead, KERRY MISQUOTED!! MEDIA DOTED!!!
Indeed, America's hardboiled newsmen can't get enough of the Thomas Jefferbunk. The Berkshire Eagle used it as the headline for last year's Fourth of July editorial. Mitch Albom of the Detroit Free Press thundered: "We need to stop slicing this country in half, and saying those who support this act or this politician are 'good' Americans, and the rest are not. Sometimes 'dissent is the highest form of patriotism.' I didn't make that up. Thomas Jefferson did."
Er, no. You made up that he made it up. But former Georgia state Rep. Mike Snow uses it, and Miranda Yaver of Berkeley wore it on a button to the big anti-war demo in Washington last year, and Ted Kennedy deployed it as the stirring finale to his anti-Bush speech:
"It is not unpatriotic to tell the truth to the American people about the war in Iraq. In this grave moment of our country, to use the words of Thomas Jefferson, 'Dissent is the highest form of patriotism.' "
As far as I can tell, it was Nadine Strosser, the ACLU's head honcho, who cooked up the Jefferson fake. At any rate, she seems to be the only one who ever deployed it pre-9/11. Since then, however, it's gone nuclear, it's everywhere, it's a bumper sticker and a T-shirt slogan and a surefire applause line for the entire Massachusetts congressional delegation. As Sen. Kennedy's brother so memorably said, "Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what a fake quote can do for you."
Liberals all think of themselves as super-duper smarty-pants and "truth-tellers," but they seem to be both pretty dumb and pretty dishonest as regards words of wisdom from historical greats.
Barbra Streisand and thousands of other moonbats "quoted" William Shaekespeare's Julius Caesar warning us, 500 years ago, pretty specifically about George Bush's warmongering, in a bit of Nostradamus-esque prognostication that would be kinda interesting if he'd actually written the prophetic quatrain in any of his plays.
And of course moonbats are still inscribing shoddy placards with "Benjamin Franklin's" famous non-quote that "Those who would give up liberty for safety deserve neither." While there is a similar quote, it's far less emphatic about the tradeoff between liberty and state authority:
Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.
Emphasis Michelle's. You'd think the liberals would be all over the correct quote, seeing how wonderfully nuanced it is, and yet they prefer the fake quote.
As Snopes notes in the debunking of the "William Shakespeare" quote:
As Ralph Keyes explains in Nice Guys Finish Seventh, his compendium of misattributed and false quotes, "Famous dead people make excellent commentators on current events." The dead do not reappear to challenge words assigned to them, an attribute much prized by those looking for convenient spokesmen to lend authority to their convictions.
Or, as Alexander Hamilton once said:
Beware those willing to rewrite history to influence the future. They're generally liberal assholes who think they're so smart, but are actually dumber than a bag of retards. And seriously, they can all suck my stinking hog.
That quote, incidentally, was taken from the companion to the famous Stuff Jefferson Said, the 1965 Cambridge University Press imprint Stuff People Who Were Alive Around The Time of Jefferson Said (3rd edition, with a preface and extensive annotations by Walter "Chekov" Koening).
Thanks to Thaine and/or Howard.
Posted by: Shtetl G at April 30, 2006 08:53 AM (xcf1Z)
-Some of the Last Stuff Hamilton Said, Vol. 1
Posted by: Pupster at April 30, 2006 09:06 AM (9h6vV)
I got nothin'
Posted by: Thomas Jefferson at April 30, 2006 09:11 AM (x8QiD)
But those that choose dissent for the sake of dissent are not only NOT patriotic, but are the lowest mutha f'king snakes on the planet.
Now you know the rest of the story
Posted by: Paul Harvey at April 30, 2006 09:14 AM (GczzL)
"Three shall be the number of the counting, and the number of the counting shall be three." - Brother Maynard, quoting The Book of Armaments
Posted by: marcus at April 30, 2006 09:19 AM (mq+EB)
Unfortunately, the annotations required extensive editing when it was discovered that Koening (or isn't it Koenig?) repeatedly claimed that the Founding Fathers themselves were merely quoting contemporary Russian politicians.
Posted by: Lord Floppington at April 30, 2006 09:26 AM (Ffvoi)
Thomas Jefferson (v3.0)
Posted by: Iblis at April 30, 2006 09:38 AM (9221z)
Posted by: AngÃ©lique at April 30, 2006 09:46 AM (loUe8)
Constitutional Convention transcript, Philadelphia, 1787
Posted by: Liberal Scholar at April 30, 2006 09:53 AM (aBntd)
Posted by: AngÃ©lique at April 30, 2006 10:01 AM (loUe8)
Posted by: Worf at April 30, 2006 10:02 AM (+DMjG)
Only one is dangerous."
Posted by: Usful Ijit at April 30, 2006 10:08 AM (LU6fJ)
George Washington while crossing the Delaware
Posted by: Beto Ochoa at April 30, 2006 10:37 AM (8dG6A)
- Albert Einstein
(okay, I saw that on a pin once)
Posted by: Floyd at April 30, 2006 10:43 AM (tDtI9)
Of course, I don't want to downplay his genius in bringing back Patrick Henry's actual quote:
"I know not what course others may take, but as for me....bring it on, beyotch! Oh yeah, it's on now!"
Posted by: Khan (No, Not That One) at April 30, 2006 10:45 AM (+DMjG)
I wrote the freakin' Constitution, you monkeys!!!!
Posted by: James Madison at April 30, 2006 10:46 AM (rD+kE)
Posted by: Ted Kennedy at April 30, 2006 11:31 AM (SPLvr)
Famous dead people make excellent commentators on current events
No shit Sherlock.
-- Thomas Jefferson, Stuff Jefferson Said 4th ed revised.
Posted by: Dave in Texas at April 30, 2006 03:17 PM (UFwUd)
I would fain offer a pithy aphorism apropos of the event, but alas I have exceeded my bandwith. Check back in a hour.
I was originally supposed to play T.J. Hooker, but they gave the damn role to Shatner when I fell behind schedule polishing off Stuff I Said, Volumes I and II and Stuff I Didn't Say!, Volumes I, II, III, IV, and V.
Posted by: caspera at April 30, 2006 03:19 PM (jylGY)
Libertarians, which many people on the internet mistaken for conservatives are, are very fond of this line - when stripped of it's original phrasing.
Posted by: Christopher Taylor at April 30, 2006 03:29 PM (1Vbso)
Posted by: dolly at April 30, 2006 05:31 PM (FnVST)
Posted by: Boston Tea Party Planners at April 30, 2006 05:35 PM (IW5ZY)
Quotes by Alexander the Great, as transcribed by his spear-bearer Hephaestion.
Posted by: Muslihoon at April 30, 2006 06:08 PM (Q8UK2)
Posted by: HowardDevore at April 30, 2006 06:33 PM (IOTiZ)
Posted by: Thomas Jefferson at April 30, 2006 06:38 PM (s6KBf)
--Thomas Jefferson, explaining the above quote
Posted by: Feisty at April 30, 2006 08:43 PM (J5+Si)
Posted by: Thomas Jefferson at May 01, 2006 03:21 AM (KeOQp)
Posted by: spurwing plover at May 01, 2006 03:53 AM (aTvBX)
Posted by: Dave in Texas at May 01, 2006 04:17 AM (pzen5)
Posted by: Another "Quote" I'm Sick Of at May 01, 2006 04:25 AM (Mg597)
Posted by: Michael K at May 01, 2006 04:30 AM (zYIsh)
William Clark, however, did say, "Great joy in camp we are in view of the Ocian that great Pacific Octean which we Been so long anxious to See."
Hmm...we may have just discovered a clue to spurwing.
Posted by: Mrs. Peel at May 01, 2006 04:48 AM (l+FwE)
Posted by: Margaret Mead at May 01, 2006 05:31 AM (pzen5)
Posted by: Margaret Mead at May 01, 2006 05:34 AM (CERBJ)
I'm rubber and you're glue, and whatever you say bounces off of me and sticks to your vile, pus-filled, monstrously revolting face, you worthless cock-smoker!
Quote that, bitch!
Posted by: Thomas Jefferson at May 01, 2006 06:02 AM (AQGeh)
Posted by: a Confused Ben Franklin at May 01, 2006 06:05 AM (AQGeh)
Posted by: Sally Hemmings at May 01, 2006 06:29 AM (xG58s)
Posted by: Thomas Jefferson at May 01, 2006 07:22 AM (AQGeh)
Posted by: at May 01, 2006 07:25 AM (gWvet)
A) Thomas Jefferson, ca 1789
B) Democratic Underground ca 2000-2006
Posted by: at May 01, 2006 08:29 AM (Gi7oA)
Posted by: Spurwing Henry at May 01, 2006 09:37 AM (n0lBX)
—(not) Winston Churchill
Posted by: Roy at May 01, 2006 09:58 AM (2XXia)
-John Kerry. (not that one. The other one...)
Posted by: chris at May 01, 2006 10:47 AM (ze3EB)
Posted by: John Effing Kerry at May 01, 2006 12:30 PM (HS5Zl)
Posted by: Mike at May 01, 2006 01:41 PM (leJWb)
Hmmm....Belly of the Beast *click*
Posted by: at May 01, 2006 01:58 PM (8lQr4)
Posted by: Christopher Taylor at May 01, 2006 04:30 PM (1Vbso)
Not me! I loathe the military! The ATF, though, that's a whole 'nuther story! Hoo-haw! Me 'n Janet still get a good chuckle over the way we got away with murdering them Waco kids!
Posted by: Bill Clinton at May 01, 2006 04:50 PM (8lQr4)
What a pathetic fucking excuse for an argument. Yet it fits, considering the writer is a pathetic fucking excuse for a human being.
Fuck off, shit-nugget.
Posted by: at May 01, 2006 05:06 PM (aGpO3)
The real Mike.
Posted by: Mike! at May 01, 2006 05:07 PM (aGpO3)
Do you have your own memorial in DC?? I think not schmuck.
Posted by: Thomas Jefferson at May 01, 2006 06:49 PM (blNMI)
All of us served. No, not really. None of us did, actually. Ha! Just kidding. It was about half of us, plus or minus 50%. But if I must give a straight answer, 93.34% of us served food in the mess tents, and 6.66% of us served Beelzebub.
How would the real figure change what's good for any of us or advantageous for the country as a whole? I despise people who use that argument fallacy.
Posted by: Kralizec at May 01, 2006 07:34 PM (vUoQm)
So it all depends on how productive criticism is and whether it is expressed in good faith.
Posted by: Wilbur Larch at May 02, 2006 01:57 AM (qGm1r)
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